This Epic Video Shows What Really Happened At The Bundy Ranch

In today’s episode of the Western Journalism Editing Suite, I review the explosive events over the weekend at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. Check out the footage of the victory for yourself.

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Sheriff Confirms Bundy Ranch Standoff Is Just Getting Started

The ranching family confronted with a barrage of armed federal agents over the past week – along with scores of constitutional patriots who stood in support – has been able to breathe a sigh of relief after the Bureau of Land Management decided Saturday to back down. Unfortunately, evidence has since surfaced suggesting the federal government is merely regrouping before charging back into Clark County, Nev.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who some suggest would stand to benefit from forcing the Bundys off of the federal land on which their ranch sits, declared Monday that the situation is “not over.”

Former Graham County, Ariz. Sheriff Richard Mack, currently with the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, is concerned about the possibility of federal agents returning with even more force. Hundreds of protesters – consisting primarily of cowboys and state militia members – arrived en masse to form a human barrier against the BLM onslaught.

“It was a ploy to get people to back off, to get people out of the way,” he said of Saturday’s retreat. “They weren’t expecting us to get this amount of people here.”

When officers ultimately returned the cattle seized during the standoff, Mack said up to 800 protesters were on the scene.

“They were surprised by the numbers and so they wanted a way to get us out of here,” he reasoned. “This was a ploy to get us out of here and then they’re going after the Bundys.”

Protesters, worried about the possibility of federal agents opening fire on the assembled group of protesters, began to put some of the most vulnerable activists among them near the front. This tactic, they presumed, would force armed officers to consider the consequences of instigating violence. Mack, however, said he would gladly stand on the front lines.

“I would’ve gone next,” he said. “I would’ve been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here.”

He concluded that bloodshed is all but guaranteed should the government initiate a raid of the ranch, which the Bundy family has operated since 1877. Clark County, which was reportedly once home to 53 ranches, now consists of just the Bundy Ranch.

According to Mack, the BLM is interested in destroying the ranching industry, which was largely responsible for building the American West. He expressed frustration with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, who failed to act against the federal overreach despite concluding their actions were unconstitutional.

“He could have called in the state’s national guard,” Mack said, “could have called in the sheriff’s office, could have called in highway patrol, and he’s done nothing except assail what’s going on. That’s easy; that’s cowardly.”

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The Bundy Ranch Siege- What You’re Not Being Told

There are some very powerful people who have done their best to cover up what really happened at the Bundy ranch in Clark County Nevada. Fortunately they failed.

(Thanks to our good friends at StormCloudsGathering, who first produced this video and graciously gave us permission to upload and post it here!)

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Huckabee Hides An Eerie Message In Speech

Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas and current host of the FOX News show Huckabee, made headlines this weekend.

Some say he committed a gaffe, but I’m not so sure. Here’s what Huckabee jokingly told the crowd at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit:

“My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States. When I go to the airport, I have to get into the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID in a couple of different forms to prove that I’m not going to terrorize the airplane.”

The comment was a joke intended to create cognitive dissonance in the audience’s minds. How could anything in America actually compare to the repression in the world’s only existing Stalinist regime?

North Korea’s suppression of human rights is legendary. In fact, it’s legendary in much the same way that freedom in America once was. Thus, Huckabee’s comment was clearly a joke and not intended to be taken seriously.

Yet, in an eerie way, he was also completely right.

Moving Back Toward Freedom

Huckabee and I are similar in age; and during our lifetimes, we’ve seen freedom melting away like the last snow in spring.

Liberties we once took for granted are long gone, such as walking to an airline gate without much more than a pleasant hello from any security officer who happened to be on duty.

Over the weekend, the news covered a more poignant example of lost freedom in Nevada. There, a federal SWAT team confronted some protesters helping Cliven Bundy, a rancher futilely attempting to protect his cattle from capture and slaughter at the hands of faceless Federal bureaucrats.

Bundy is part of a dying breed of independent cattle ranchers who once populated most of the open spaces of the Western United States. His family harkens back to a simpler time when Americans raised their own food… and before the government had military-style police teams to deal with protesters. When I was growing up, that was something you’d see in Soviet-ruled countries, not the United States.

Elsewhere, while the rancher protest was raging in Nevada, Huckabee concluded his speech with a call to abolish the most tyrannical of all government agencies – the IRS.

Huckabee was eloquent as he denounced the IRS’ recent campaign against conservatives: “The criminal enterprise formerly known as the Internal Revenue Service… that is able to crush any citizen, any organization. It is the one type of entity in America, where you are guilty until you can prove yourself to be not guilty.”

Huckabee has long advocated a Fair Tax that would end the income tax and shift the country toward a tax on consumption, similar to a sales tax. With such a tax in place, the IRS is no longer necessary.

I agree with Mike Huckabee wholeheartedly. Abolition of the IRS is a reasonable first step that’ll move the needle back toward freedom. But time is of the essence – we need to abolish this agency soon, before the country slips deeper into the morass of tyranny.

 

This commentary originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

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How The West Was Won: Video Reveals Why BLM Really Backed Down

An ongoing standoff between Bureau of Land Management agents and a Clark County, Nev. ranching family reached a fever pitch this weekend. Patriots from across the nation, specifically state militia members and cowboys from the American West, traveled to the Bundy’s ranch to stand up against what they considered excessive force by the federal agents.

Freedom-loving Americans cheered Saturday as the BLM announced its decision to back down in the tense stalemate, giving the Bundys a reprieve in a saga that dates back more than two decades. While the media outlets that actually covered the story identified various factors to which they attributed the victory, video evidence shows how important the presence of fearless patriots was to the cause of protecting the Constitution.

It was obvious to millions that the federal government overstepped its constitutional authority in instigating the armed standoff at the Bundy’s ranch. In an effort to stop this outrageous display, and discourage such tyrannical behavior in the future, state militia members and other dedicated patriots stood up to heavily armed agents determined to seize the family’s cattle.

After initially capturing hundreds of head of livestock, there was no indication that the Bundys would be made whole upon the BLM’s decision to stand down. Scores of men and women determined to withstand the potential assault by agents, however, apparently forced them to reconsider. The BLM – along with federal SWAT officers a short time later – ultimately decided to return the cattle when a blockade of objectors left them little other choice.

A video published by Info Wars reveals that protesters informed federal agents on multiple occasions that they had no intention of leaving. Faced with the reported threat of retaliation by the armed officers, the group nonetheless moved toward a barricade.

“You’re going to have to arrest us all or shoot us all,” one protester shouted.

The Bundy family and scores of supporters cheered as officers retreated, offering even more vigorous shouts of joy as the cattle was returned to the ranch.

“Go back to Washington,” one protester shouted. “Go back to China.”

Another called them “a bunch of bullies.”

Throughout the day Monday, commenters on YouTube complained that a video depicting the incident had been blocked by Facebook. Western Journalism’s request for comment from Facebook was not immediately returned.

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